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  • Leading article: The Prime Minister and the limits of personal charm in diplomacy
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    David Cameron spoke of the "unbreakable" friendship between the two countries; Asif Ali Zardari eschewed grandstanding and thanked Mr Cameron for his understanding of Pakistan's problems; the two planted a tree at Chequers in memory of Mr Zardari's l...

  • Letters: The West and Pakistan
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    It is unfortunate that the Kashmir conflict has used up so much energy, resources and goodwill between the two states, and often fostered a regional cold war to achieve military supremacy. The big powers, such as the US and Britain, with their own in...

  • Leading article: The cost of Russia's long, hot summer
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    These include the burgeoning development into forested areas outside cities, driven by speculators, unregulated private building and the post-Soviet surge in car ownership. There is also the casual attitude to safety and official rules of all kinds t...

  • Natalie Haynes: The solitary, and very personal, relationship we have with radio
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    When newspapers reported that 6 Music was on the way out in February this year, the internet went wild. Facebook groups were set up. Twitter feeds tweeted with fury and, unusually, virtual annoyance turned into real protest – the BBC log had soon rec...

  • Amy Jenkins: Flip-flops, a broken toe and the desultory days of August
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    I picture long hot days, lazy country picnics, swims in the sea. In some ways – and this harks back to childhood – I don't consider summer begun until the (state) school term is over. And then every year I'm disappointed because actually August is th...

  • Leading article: The Bank is right to do nothing now
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    In the end the Committee decided to keep them once more on hold, as they have for the past 18 months. And they were right to do so. The recovery, although strong in the second quarter, is a fragile one. Most of the latest indications on house purchas...

  • Leading article: Well within the Fringe
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    Well, the Edinburgh Fringe is now in its 64th year and the world's largest arts festival is actually still going strong. A total of 2,453 shows in 259 venues with more than 21,148 performers in three weeks of joyous, chaotic and desperately uneven ar...

  • Deborah Ross: 'Shopping 'offline' is most convenient'
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    This wonderful way of shopping does not yet have a specific name but, for our purposes, I think we can call it "shopping offline" and it is most convenient. To shop offline you must first go to "a shop", which usually comes in the form of a building ...

  • Nigel Hawkes: Why delaying death has created a statistical nightmare
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    Although this is exceptional, the average wait for an inquest is six months, and a year or more is not uncommon. While you wait, the dead person is not, officially, dead. In England and Wales (but not Scotland) a death cannot be registered without a ...

  • Letters: Banks given too much credit
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    First, the Brazilian, Russian, Indian and Chinese (BRIC) economies have huge, untapped markets and investment opportunities for local businesses, based on well-proven products and services from developed countries. Investing in BRIC countries is less...

  • Leading article: A victory for peace and stability
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    With the exception of a grenade attack on a rally in Nairobi, there was little violence. From the simplicity of the question to the orderly conduct of the vote, to the speed of the count, the whole process passed off smoothly. Yesterday brought a for...

  • Victoria Summerley: A moment of unholy glee amid the gloxinias
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    The aim of opening for the National Gardens Scheme – which merits an entry in their iconic Yellow Book – is to raise money for charity, particularly those specialising in cancer support and palliative care such as Macmillan and Marie Curie. Indeed, t...

  • Paul Vallely: On trial for brutalising his country and its neighbour
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    To say "war crimes" understates it. Taylor is accused of being responsible for a decade-long slew of killing across West Africa. The deaths of tens of thousands of people – in an orgy of murder, rape and systematic mutilation in which machetes and ax...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Drug companies must help the NHS reduce costs
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    A stream of new agents has come on to the market costing eye-watering sums running to tens of thousands of pounds per patient per year. Most have limited effects, extending life by a matter of months at best. Many people nevertheless feel it is inhum...

  • Lucy Hodges: Degrees should cost far more
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    Britain needs to move towards a much more flexible higher education system that is closer to the American model. As it is, our system is run on almost Soviet-style lines, where the number of places is fixed by the centre to keep costs under control. ...

  • This is the weekend for...Preparations for Ramadan
    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    British Muslims are already bracing themselves for one of the most gruelling months of their year. Shopping trips this weekend will include the traditional fast "opener" of dates, Indian sweetmeats and sugary drinks such as Vimto. Many Muslims will c...

  • Leading article: Just giving
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    Granted that philanthropy has nothing like the following here that it does in the US; granted, too, that our tax incentives for personal charitable giving are inferior, the principle is nonetheless the same. Half of one billionaire's fortune is a lot...

  • Robert Verkaik: Will her evidence stand up to scrutiny?
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    Prosecutors summoned the supermodel to support their allegations that Taylor received blood diamonds from rebels in Sierra Leone and used them to buy weapons, which he allegedly shipped from Burkina Faso to the Sierra Leone junta in October 1997. The...

  • Carola Long: Why the Obama seal of approval really counts
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    As well as more established labels such as Azzedine Alaia and the high-street brand J Crew, the first lady has boosted the profile of designers including Jason Wu, who created the full-length, flower-covered dress she wore for the inauguration balls....

  • Tom Peck: Handing traffic control to 'gatekeepers' would be an evil intervention, say critics
    Friday, 6 August 2010

    The Pacific Telegraph Act, passed by the United States Congress in 1860 to aid communication between America's east and west coasts, stated: "Messages received from any individual, company, or corporation... shall be impartially transmitted in the or...

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